Arts features

The dysfunctional New York family who won Neil Simon the Pulitzer

September 12, 2012

'Dying is easy,” Shakespearean comic actor Edmund Kean is supposed to have said on his death bed. “Comedy is hard”.

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Holocaust comedy? It's no joke

By Daniel Goldman, September 12, 2012

Heard the one about the six clowns that get put on a train to a concentration camp? No? So, the first clown says to second clown…

In fact, in the award-winning Holoclownsto, nobody says a word. You will soon be able to find this out for yourselves. Troupp Pas D’Argent, an acclaimed theatre company from Brazil, is bringing its clown show about the Holocaust to London.

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Revealed: the last intimate moments of Marilyn Monroe

By Melanie Abrams, September 6, 2012

Marilyn Monroe bonded with photographer Lawrence Schiller on the set of Let’s Make Love, during his three-day shoot for Look magazine in 1960. Their close connection was sealed two years later on the set of her last, unfinished film, Something’s Gotta Give, when she discovered he was Jewish.

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Revealed: the last intimate moments of Marilyn Monroe

By Melanie Abrams, September 6, 2012

Marilyn Monroe bonded with photographer Lawrence Schiller on the set of Let’s Make Love, during his three-day shoot for Look magazine in 1960. Their close connection was sealed two years later on the set of her last, unfinished film, Something’s Gotta Give, when she discovered he was Jewish.

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Yefim Bronfman, an Olympian of the piano

By Jessica Duchen, August 23, 2012

Yefim Bronfman is a heavyweight virtuoso: a force of nature, whose fame has spread beyond musical circles. He even makes an appearance in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, with the author describing him as “Bronfman the Brontosaur” and “Mr Fortissimo”.

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A genius, but funny with it — the way Marvin Hamlisch was

By John Nathan, August 16, 2012

There is a vague and unscientific theory that attempts to explain why some new melodies are instant hits while others miss by a mile. It is unscientific and vague because the theory is mine.

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Roxy, the Jewish mother from EastEnders

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

It's EastEnders' traitorous party girl, Roxy Mitchell, as you've never seen her before.

Actress Rita Simons is one of four Jewish working mothers whose dual lives are captured in a new photography exhibition.

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Why celebrities are flocking to Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, August 9, 2012

It is not that often that the Western Wall is the focus of attention for celebrity magazines. But it was recently when actor David Arquette was in Israel and, upon visiting the Wall, decided to have the barmitzvah that he never had as a youngster, and to have it there.

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Why I won’t be having surgery to make my ‘Jewish’ nose smaller

By Katie Grant, August 9, 2012

From a young age I was conscious that my unconventional looks distinguished me from the other children in my class, but I was content with the differences I noticed in my appearance.

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A woman's work: Parenthood — angst, anguish and scotch eggs

By Keren David, August 9, 2012

Being a Jewish parent throws up various dilemmas. It’s by no means as easy as just whether to go meat or milk on the barmitzvah canapes.

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